FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Colby Reade, APR
PRSA Portland Metro Chapter
Celebrating the Best in Portland Public Relations:
The 2015 Spotlight Awards Takes Over the Portland Art Museum
PORTLAND, Ore. – Each year, the Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Spotlight Awards recognizes the outstanding work and commitment to excellence demonstrated by local professionals. From solo practitioners to agencies of all sizes, small businesses to top corporations, nonprofits to government agencies, this annual event celebrates the best our region has to offer in the field of strategic communications.
The 2015 Spotlight Awards gala celebration will take place in the gorgeous Portland Art Museum on October 15 from 5:30PM-8:30PM. Hosted by KXL’s Pat Boyle, the evening’s festivities will include a variety of awards across multiple disciplines. Chapter members and local practitioners will be recognized for excellence in every aspect of public relations, including event management, media relations, and digital communications.
The event will also mark the induction of this year’s newest recipients of the APR (Accredited in Public Relations). Earned over a year-long process involving classroom and real-world knowledge demonstration, the APR is PRSA’s only advanced certification and considered one of the key professional credentials in the communications industry.
Finally, the 2015 Spotlight Awards will honor four people with Awards of Distinction. These special awards are given to people who have demonstrated a unique commitment to the advancement of their craft and contributed to the mission of PRSA.
The 2015 PRSA Portland Metro Chapter Awards of Distinction recipients are:
The New Professional Award of Excellence: Prapat “Jojoe” Nujoy – Considered an indicator of whom to watch in the public relations industry, the New Professional Award of Excellence is presented to an area PR professional who has worked in the industry less than five years, but already shown great commitment to the pursuit of excellence. In his time with the Portland Metro Chapter of PRSA, Prapat “Jojoe” Nujoy, of the Union Gospel Mission, has exemplified the focus, dedication, community spirit and thirst for knowledge that personifies a brilliant career in PR.
Olga M. Haley Mentorship Award: Tom Unger, APR, ABC, CTM, Fellow PRSA – The PRSA Portland Metro Chapter’s newest Award of Distinction, the Olga M. Haley Mentorship Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a dedication to mentorship by supporting, coaching and guiding new professionals, as well as peers and colleagues. As a result of his longtime service on the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter board, reenergizing the chapter’s mentor program, co-founding the Portland Communicators Conference and ongoing coaching and teaching, Unger defines what this award stands for. He works at Wells Fargo as its Oregon Region Communications manager.
Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award: Michael Duyck – The Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award is given to an individual who has effectively used public relations to make a positive difference in their community. Michael Duyck, Fire Chief/Chief Executive Officer of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R), has personally championed the use of media relations, legislative affairs and social media to engage the community and save lives. Some examples of the success TVF&R has seen under his leadership include implementing Oregon’s first PulsePoint mobile app to dispatch CPR-trained citizen rescuers to the scene of public cardiac arrests, leading the charge in teaching hands-only CPR training and supporting legislation requiring all Oregon students learn hands-only CPR before they graduate from high school.
William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award: Dave Thompson, APR – The William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award goes to an honoree who stands as a towering figure in public relations in Oregon. Few names loom as large or carry the level of respect as Dave Thompson, APR with the Oregon Department of Transportation. A longtime member of the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter Board (and unprecedented two-year President), mentor to fellow practitioners, and member of our APR Accreditation course panel of instructors, Thompson’s contributions are immeasurable. As immediate past-president Barbara Kerr, APR, Fellow PRSA, describes it, Thompson has left “a distinctive and meaningful footprint on the public relations profession.”
About the 2015 PRSA Portland Metro Chapter Spotlight Awards
What: 2015 PRSA Portland Metro Chapter Spotlight Awards, recognizing the best in Portland public relations.
When: Thursday, Oct. 15, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205.
About PRSA’s Portland Metro Chapter
Serving more than 240 public relations professionals in Oregon and Southwest Washington, the chapter supports lifelong professional development and honors excellence in public relations.
More than one-fifth of Portland Metro Chapter members have earned Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), the profession’s only national post-graduate certification program. Six chapter members have been elected to the PRSA College of Fellows, considered the pinnacle of a professional career.
The Portland Metro Chapter is led by an all-volunteer board of professionals from across the region. Signature events include the annual Spotlight Awards, honoring excellence in public relations, and the Communicators Conference, held in partnership with the Oregon-Columbia chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.
The Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of 111 PRSA chapters across the country. For more information the chapter, follow us on Twitter and Facebook or visit our website prsapdx.org.